(Voice of America 31/08/15)
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (C), S. Sudan's President Salva Kiir (L) and S. Sudan rebel chief Riek Machar (R) attend a meeting in Addis Ababa, March 3, 2015.
The first phase of South Sudan’s peace agreement signed between the government and the rebels to end the 20-month conflict goes into effect Saturday.
Ateny Wek Ateny, spokesman for President Salva Kiir, says the administration in Juba is committed to the full implementation of the accord despite reservations about the agreement. He says Mr. Kiir’s reservations were about some stipulations in the agreement that violate the country’s sovereignty.
Ateny says the president’s order to the national army soldiers not to go on the offensive against the rebels is a strong indication of his commitment to ensure a successful implementation of the accord to restore peace and stability in the world’s newest nation.
Former vice president and rebel leader Riek Machar has also instructed his rebels to stop fighting as part of the process to fully implement the peace agreement.